It’s been a while since I updated you on the pending battle in Congress over school food nutritional standards. Here’s the latest:
The Senate Agriculture Committee and House Education and Workforce Committee are hoping to attach the Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) to the pending omnibus spending bill, negotiations over which are likely to be extended (via a pending continuing resolution) at least until December 16th, if not later.
To refresh everyone’s memory, the main nutritional issues on the table relate to whole grains, sodium and fruits and vegetables. Specifically, the School Nutrition Association and its allies are seeking to: slash by 50% the amount of “whole grain-rich” foods served to kids; make it optional instead of mandatory for kids to take a 1/2 cup serving of fruits or vegetables at lunch; and halt further sodium reductions in school food.
The National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity has created this compelling infographic (click to enlarge) outlining nine reasons why these proposed roll-backs are a bad idea:
I’ll keep you updated on further CNR developments – and in the meantime, please contact your own Congressional representatives to tell them to #SaveSchoolLunch!
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